What is it?
From Shakespeare to Carol Ann Duffy, English literature at Blackpool Sixth allows you to study both classic and contemporary works of prose, poetry and drama.
Why study this subject at Blackpool Sixth?
Your study of literature will be enhanced by thought-provoking visits by writers and poets, and by taking part in our exciting trips to places such as Florence and London.
What skills will I develop?
- Collaborative/team building skills
- How to structure, present and defend an argument
- How to use other people’s opinions to develop/counter and support your argument
- How to work individually and expand your knowledge of history, culture, art and literature
How will I be taught?
- Collaborative learning
- Analysis and evaluation of texts
- Essay writing
How will I be assessed?
20% coursework (3000 word essay) and 3 x examinations at the end of your 2nd year.
You will be taught by subject specialists who also hold senior roles at the examining board. Your teachers are passionate about literature and each have their own specialist subject areas.
Field trips, projects and employability opportunities
In the past two years we have organised trips to Florence, London, Manchester, Haworth and Lancaster to enrich our students experience of Literature. We also regularly welcome speakers from Universities and ex students to inspire a love of the subject and support those who want to study it at university.
Where does it lead?
Our students go on to pursue a range of career paths in areas such as teaching, marketing, publishing, Law and management. We have also had a number of students who have gone to Oxford, Cambridge and Yale as well as a range of other high ranking universities.
You will need to have copies of each of the texts (your tutors will recommend versions throughout the year). We are also on the technology for learning scheme so you will need to have access to a device to enable you to work collaboratively in class and access a range of digital resources.
- Grade 5 in GCSE English Literature is preferred but a student with a grade 4 who has a genuine enthusiasm for the subject will be considered.
What will I study?
- Component 1: The poetry of Carol Ann Duffy (Mean Time), Philip Larkin (Whitsun Weddings) and John Donne.
- Component 2: The Tempest studied as a stand alone text and The Duchess of Malfi and A Streetcar Named Desire studied comparatively.
- Component 3: Unseen poetry from a wide range of periods and unseen prose from the Victorian to Edwardian period and the Interwar period.
- Component 4: A comparative essay on Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and a modern novel of your choice (subject to approval by the Examining Board).